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What is the difference between cow ox bull buffalo?


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February 10, 2011 3:53PM

Oxen are castrated male cattle that are used for pulling carts.

Cows are mature female bovines/buffaloes that have had at least one calf.

Bulls are intact male bovines/buffaloes that are used for breeding cows.

Buffaloes are a different species from your average domesticated bovine, though they belong in the same family as domesticated cattle do. Buffalo are "wild cattle" and comprise of such species as the Water Buffalo and the Cape Buffalo of India (and parts of the Middle East) and Africa, respectively.